Ngarigo

Ngarigo

The Ngarigo people were the aboriginal people who lived south-east of the Canberra area ,

According to Norman Tindale in his 1974 catalogue of Australian Aboriginal, the specific areas where Ngarigo lived were

''the Monaro tableland north to Queanbeyan; Bombala River from near Delegate to Nimmitabel; west to divide of the Australian Alps. The Wiradjuri considered the Ngarigo and Walgalu as one people using the name Guramal which has the basic meaning of ['gurai] or 'hostile people.' Canberra, the capital city of the federal capital territory is very close to the boundary line between this and the Ngunawal tribe. In winter these tableland people sometimes came down to the surrounding territories for shelter, hence their reputation for aggressiveness.

The Cooma government web site states that the two main groups on Monaro were the Ngarigo people of the tablelands and the Wogul or Wolgalu group in the high country.

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